Certainly the biggest guilty secret in our apartment has been the state of our walk-in closet, where things went in, but seemed to rarely depart. But thanks to a few yard sales, following some of our own tips
, and viscious cleanings/donations
, we've wrangled the beast to the point we were able to optimize the storage area so we could even convert part of the closet into an additional library this week...
Besides the thrill of being able to actually walk all the way back into the closet now and get to clothing without the requirement of some yoga-style positioning, our most welcome addition is the space we've made for our books. We've been hiding them anywhere and everywhere, doubling them up behind one another on our bookshelves and hidden under furniture throughout. But now we've added a small bookshelf into the closet and placed my collection of graphic novels/comic books ontop, above our DVD collection. Yeah, I know some of you would just say get rid of the books, but that's not happening with a book-loving designer and a librarian, so we'll just do without less other stuff so we can keep our precious printed matter.
The next step will be an extremely involved one. Just as we ripped our whole collection of CDs
to digital files (in duplicate, of course), we'd like to convert all our DVDs and store them onto a terabyte drive and just stream them directly to the Apple TV. We'd also like to replace the cheap-o IKEA storage boxes we bought a few years ago; they're falling apart thanks to our snooping cats and their flimsy construction. Lastily, I've got a few boxes of old financial documents that require some serious Watergate shredding, and this should open up additional space in the rear of the closet. Who knows, by the end of the process, we might be able to sublet the closet and host our next ATLA party inside it.